Google Caught In Another Patent Dispute

    October 2, 2009

It looks like at least a few of Google’s lawyers who specialize in patent law are about to get some work to do.  Google – along with Adobe – has been sued by a company named Textscape because the search giant allegedly violated a patent Textscape was granted in 1998. 

Google Chrome

Jeremy Kirk reports that the patent "covers a method for managing a body of text on a computer . . . .  Textscape says Google’s Chrome’s browser improperly uses the innovation."
And if that leaves you feeling a little befuddled, Kirk continues, "The lawsuit specifically mentions the ‘find’ feature in Chrome, which allows a search of text on a Web page and indicates the location of search hits in the scrollbar."

Interesting, eh?  It’s anybody’s guess how far the suit will get.  At this moment, the lawyers we mentioned earlier are probably researching examples of prior art. 

One thing that’s important to note, however, is that this suit isn’t a potential showstopper.  Whereas some companies have been known to claim that they deserve credit for part of Google’s search engine or advertising machine, Google could survive a change to the free Web browser that less than five percent of the online population uses.